Iona Preparatory School held its 99th Commencement Exerciseson Thursday, May 24, at Iona College in New Rochelle.
A total of 196 seniors graduated, having earned more than $29 million in merit scholarships, with an average award of $60,300. Of note, 7,500 service hours were amassed in senior year alone.
Visa CEO Alfred F. Kelly Jr. ’76, P’05,’12, of Rye, received the Alumni Award and spoke to the graduates about choices and consequences; specifically, the choice to take Iona Prep with them as they enter the next phases of their lives.
“I would strongly suggest that Iona Prep has gifted to you a number of great treasures: friends, values, study habits and Christ,” Kelly, Jr. said. “All four of these gifts, sounds like to me, are gifts that keep on giving…and can be with you the rest of your life.”
This year’s Valedictorian was Peter Calicchia, 18, from Tuckahoe. The Salutatorian was Charlie Flanagan, 17, of Rye Brook.
About Iona Preparatory School
Reaccredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools in 2015, Iona Preparatory School K-12 sits on 37 acres of suburban green in New Rochelle, N.Y., where it educates young men to be moral and ethical leaders. Iona Preparatory School is a Catholic community inspired by the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice as expressed in the Essential Elements of a Christian Brothers Education. We develop young men into moral and ethical leaders who are dedicated to Christian service and who strive for spiritual, intellectual and physical excellence. Iona Prep was recently named as Westchester’s only all-boys Catholic school to make the “NY top 100 private schools list” on niche.com. The Centennial Campaign for Excellenceis a $10 million capital campaign that will greatly enhance the arts and technology programs for all students. Brick-and-mortar components include the addition of a 435-seat auditorium and an expansion of the Upper School’s Paul Verni Fine Arts Center. At the Lower School, the Library and Technology Center would be completely updated and renovated with a focus on storytelling and STEM education. For more information, please visit IonaPrep.organd to hear our story, visit IAmIonaPrep.com.